RELEASED TO TV IN 2008 and directed by Mark Rosman, “Princess: A Modern Fairytale” is a family flick about an amicable down-on-his-luck Princeton graduate (Kip Pardue) who impulsively bids his last capital on a date with a reclusive “princess” of an odd local chateau (Nora Zehetner). As he falls for her innocent charms he discerns that something decidedly peculiar is going on.
The protagonist has the agreeable appeal of Richard Thomas (aka John Boy in The Waltons), albeit taller. But I found it odd how he just rolled with the weird lingo and other things while dating the princess, like the perpetual talk of some mysterious “searcher.” If you can get past that, this is a mildly enjoyable TV fantasy flick with some magic.
The noble manner in which William (Pardue) courts the princess is beautiful and heartwarming — the express opposite of picking up a dubious chick at some sleaze joint. Zehetner is certainly winsome, but doesn’t do much for me personally, but there are worthy females on the periphery. The film’s decent, but limited by its TV budget and inferior to “Prince Charming” (2001).
THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hours & 28 minutes and was shot in Toronto. WRITER: Heidi Ferrer.